Navigate New Parenthood with Ease

Are you a soon-to-be or new parent struggling to manage being or becoming a parent while navigating this change of identity and its impact on your ability to manage the rest of your life?

  • Are you struggling to feel connected with the pregnancy or new baby?
  • Are you feeling overwhelmed by the demands of new parenthood and feel like you’re drowning?
  • Are you concerned that the anxiety, depression or other scary thoughts and feelings you are experiencing is more than just the normal “baby blues”?
  • Are you finding it difficult to nurture your relationship with your partner while learning to co-parent?
  • Are you feeling disconnected from yourself, like you’ve lost a sense of connection to who you were before you became a parent?

Let yourself show up in all your perfect messiness and find happiness in your new life as a parent,

Pregnancy can be difficult for both partners, and if you add in that it was unplanned or unwanted, it can be even more overwhelming and anxiety and/or depression inducing. If the support we so desperately need during pregnancy and the early years of parenting is lacking for you, that can make us feel even more overwhelmed and isolated. Maybe you have a lot of people to help, but no one who is really validating how hard this is. If the birth was difficult, even to the point of traumatic you may all be struggling to recover. And trying to stay connected to your partner while all of this is happening and you’re so exhausted feels impossible, and you feel yourselves disconnecting from each other. And to top it all off, its hard to feel connected to the baby, which may trigger a lot of guilt. You just don’t feel like yourself and that feels hardest of all.

People mostly talk about the good stuff of parenting – how beautiful it is, how lucky you are, and how you will never feel so much love for anything like you do for your children. This makes you feel like somethings wrong with you for not always feeling that way and you’re afraid people are going to think you’re a bad parent. Not to mention, you think you’re supposed to know how to juggle it all because everyone else seems to makes it look so easy and they probably didn’t need help. It makes sense that you would feel like you have to grin and bear it because our world is full of one-sided images of blissful parenting. People seem to have a lot of opinions about the “best way” or the “right way” to handle parenting and life. I have seen the judgment that parents, especially mothers, experience when others don’t like the way they are doing things. Who wouldn’t want to avoid any of that?

The problem is that sitting in all of that suffering alone or not dealing with it is like a petri dish – it festers and grows. I was able to name these thoughts and feelings out loud with supportive and loving people and slowly find a way to owning motherhood, my way, in all its brutal beauty. I offer you my non-judgmental, wholehearted, no bullshit and tenacious perspective coupled with my specialized training in perinatal mental health and my own experience as a mama to help you relax in knowing that you are not alone in how you feel and that you can feel the joy of parenthood while riding the chaos with ease. We will explore all the sides of you that are yearning for attention, whether its fear, sadness, traumatic experience, celebration of your joys and successes, the need to reclaim your identity or how to find what parenting style works for you and your family. I will help you figure out if what you are experiencing is normal or actually a Perinatal Mood Disorder (which impacts 20% of new mothers and about 10% percent of new fathers) and we can work together to get you feeling better quickly.

 

It is possible to use more intuition in your decision-making to feel confident in your choices and trust that your family will not only survive, but thrive.

ENJOY PARENTHOOD.

It is possible to enjoy the pregnancy and the postpartum period as a sacred time. It is possible to move out of anxiety or depression and be able to enjoy your baby in the here and now. It is possible to let go of that parent guilt and take care of yourself in the ways you need.

And through couples counseling with me, you can learn how to nurture your relationship while learning how to parent as a team.

 

Learn to thrive.

ENJOY PARENTHOOD.

It is possible to enjoy the pregnancy and the postpartum period as a sacred time. It is possible to move out of anxiety or depression and be able to enjoy your baby in the here and now. It is possible to let go of that parent guilt and take care of yourself in the ways you need.

And through couples counseling with me, you can learn how to nurture your relationship while learning how to parent as a team.

 

Learn to thrive.

Contact Me

I help people who feel disempowered and unsure of themselves connect to their "Mana" (Hawaiian for power or life force). It's time to stop trying to escape your pain so that you can heal the parts of yourself that you hate and feel more self-love and self-acceptance so you can navigate life like a boss.

Address: 737 29th St Suite 102, Boulder, CO 80303

Phone:  720.634.7990
Fax:  720-634-7991
Email: alexis@manacounseling.com

 

 

 

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